A woman has filed a lawsuit accusing Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger of raping her last summer in his penthouse hotel room at a casino in Lake Tahoe during a celebrity golf tournament.

Roethlisberger’s lawyer adamantly denied the allegations yesterday, noting the woman never went to the authorities.

“Ben has never sexually assaulted anyone. The timing of the lawsuit and the absence of a criminal complaint and a criminal investigation are the most compelling evidence of the absence of any criminal conduct,” David Cornwell said in a statement. “If an investigation is commenced, Ben will co-operate fully and Ben will be fully exonerated.”

Cornwell did not immediately reply to a phone message and email seeking more comment.

The suit seeks at least $390,000 US in damages from the quarterback and also alleges hotel officials for Harrah’s Lake Tahoe covered up the incident. The woman’s lawsuit says she didn’t file a criminal complaint because she feared Harrah’s would side with Roethlisberger and she would be fired.

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